Every Two Years, the whole family on my Dad’s side is gathering in Champroux where we are lucky enough to have 3 houses just big enough to welcome us all and walking distance from each other.
As a result, the family keeps growing but we still can’t imagine to spend more than 3 meals in a row separated from each other…. when it comes to feeding and sitting 45 people from 2 to 82 years old, organization has to take over imagination and the kitchen gets really busy!
Anyway, there is still place for Fairy Tale and Peace if you keep your distance from the kitchen!
Thanks to our cousin Sandra who spent a few years in New-York with her kids, we get the chance to have wonderful Candy Houses created by the renewed generations of nephews and nieces….
Every year, she takes the time to gather the most decadent candies she can find in the local supermarket and gather all the kids to spend a “sweet” afternoon, creating a mouth-watering candy landscape.
Ingredients for the Candy House:
- light cardboard boxes such as cereals, tea, biscuits…. or the Kinder House if you can find it
- sweets with lots of color, different flavor and a flat surface…. Tagada, M&M’s, Chamallow, Tirlibibi, Croco, Bams, Schtroumpfs, Cocobat, Koala……
- biscuits easy to break or divide in order to build the walls of the house: Paille d’Or, Mikado, Barquette, Langues de Chat, wafers…
- almond paste – white, green and purple to create little figurines….
- egg whites & icing sugar to create the glue
- small spoons or knifes to spread the glue
Method for the Candy House:
First of all, create the base of your house, it has to be simple, just the 4 walls and the roof but you can make several of them depending on how many kids are participating and their ages.
Wrap a tray with foil paper, this will be the base of your landscape. It has to be big enough to install the houses and figurines created.
To make it really special, pour the candies in bowls and get the biscuits and almond paste ready to use all over the table, the kids will love the view of their working space.
Last, get the glue ready: in a bowl, pour a good amount of icing sugar and slowly incorporate 1 tbsp of egg white after another. It will form a crumbly mix but eventually it will become a paste smooth enough to be spread with a small knife or spoon. If it is too smooth, the candies and biscuits will be too heavy and will never stick to the cardboard base.
Pour the mix in smaller cups – as many cups as you have kids participating!
When all the kids are ready, take the time to show them how to get started and also to think about what they want as a result…. also tell them that they have to deal with the amount of sweets they have on the table…. the more they eat, the less attractive the house will be…..! Anyway, always keep a few bags in a well-hidden place, when it comes to candies, enough is not part of their vocabulary.
Once the walls have been covered with biscuits and candies, they can have fun and start decorating… creating chimneys, fences, balconies, figurines such as snowmen, mice, cats, birds, snails, trees….
At some point, it’s important to be there to help the youngest who can be struggling with the glue sometimes….. it is really sticky and gets dry in the cup when it gets almost empty. Have a good refill at hand!
Suddenly, it will all come together and the result will be amazing. They will just have to take the time to finish the whole landscape. Spread a good amount of glue on the spot were you want to fix the houses and place each of them on top then you can install the different elements created to get around them.
Here is the result…. Just take the time to show the candy houses to the next generations….. they have to learn too…. do it ASAP…. the candy house never last long…. This year it took them 5 minutes to get the walls naked! And guess what…. it’s mainly the grand-parents who enjoyed it the most!